JCamp 180 Professional Development Opportunities
Current Participants

JCamp 180 Professional Development Opportunities

Did you know that JCamp 180 provides staff and board members of affiliated camps a number of professional development opportunities? These opportunities are currently all free to participants. However, please note that there is an application process to be sure there is a good fit and that participants (and their camps) are committed to the work.

Here are the current opportunities and links to additional information. Please reach out to the contact person responsible for each program or your Mentor if you have questions.

GIFT Fundraiser's Training

 JCamp 180 GIFT Fundraiser's Training is structured to provide an understanding of theories of fundraising, tools for implementation, and individual action plans.

GIFT was designed in response to requests from camps to have an in-depth training for development professionals. At the core of the program is participation in a community of practice and small group calls designed to share best practices, successes, and challenges.

The next cohort of GIFT will begin at the JCamp 180 Annual Conference in November 2016. Applications are due no later than September 16, 2016.

Camp Legacy Initiative

Since 2008 JCamp 180 has sponsored the Camp Legacy Initiative to encourage camps to take advantage of long-term philanthropic opportunities from their alumni, parents, and other friends of camp.

Camp Legacy is a three-year program providing training, guidance, and financial incentives to inspire camps to plan and launch a program to actively seek bequests and other after-life gift commitments to benefit camps' endowments.

Information about a new cohort in the Camp Legacy Initiative will be announced at the November conference!

JCamp 180 Enrollment Program

The JCamp 180 Enrollment support program is based on a comprehensive curriculum that has been developed with the help of outside experts, movement leaders, and camp people like you.  Beginning immediately following the annual JCamp 180 conference with a full-day intensive program, the program continues through the year with interactive webinars and regional, in-person workshops.  Participants will learn how to gather data and evaluate recruitment and retention programs as well as how to implement programs that have been proven successful at other camps.

Although each seminar can stand alone, because sessions build on prior learnings, participants are encouraged to participate in all workshops throughout the year.  Designed for mid- and senior-level staff, as well as lay leaders, the full impact of this program will come to camps that devote at least one staff person and one lay leaders to complete the entire curriculum.

JTEC (JCamp 180 Training in Effective Communications)

As camps plan for the future, they must connect in a human way with a growing number of supporters and stakeholders. With each passing year, however, comes a new media type or preferred method of contact. So, how can camps possibly manage communications using old and new media to various constituent groups?

JTEC (JCamp 180 Training in Effective Communications) was developed to help camps get a handle on their communications needs and efforts. By working with JTEC, camp professionals will learn to:

  • Set camp communications goals.
  • Plan and coordinate communications across media and audiences.
  • Select the optimal communications medium (and utilize it effectively).
  • Define communications policies and procedures.
  • Prepare for future changes in technology.

The next cohort of JTEC will begin at the JCamp 180 Annual Conference in November 2016. Applications are due no later than September 16, 2016.

JCamp 180 Fundraising Fundamentals

Fundraising Fundamentals is open to anyone (staff member or volunteer) who is interested in understanding the fundamentals of successful fundraising. This program is developed for camps without full-time development directors who are seeking a comprehensive understanding of what is possible.

We will cover the following topics:

  • Creating a Culture of Jewish Camp Philanthropy
  • The Donor Giving Cycle
  • The Art of the Ask
  • Best Practices in Annual Campaigns
  • Successful Capital Campaigns
  • Camp Legacy Fundraising
  • Developing useful fundraising plans

The program will run at the end of the 2016 JCamp 180 Conference. Register for this program when you register for the Conference. Questions? Contact Julia Riseman or Jill Paul for more information.


Turning Data Into Donors (Data2Donors) provides camps with the skills, tools, and resources to advance major donor fundraising and improve alumni outreach.

Good data practices will help sustain your camp for years to come. JCamp 180's Data2Donors program will provide you with a systematic and supportive approach to increasing the total number of accurate Alumni records in your donor database, and then run your data through programs to help identify prospective major donors from among your camp's community. The result will be increased capacity to turn your database into donors of camp.

A cohort of camps for 2016 has already been selected. We are hoping to run Data2Donors again in 2017 - the program would most likely kick off in the late Spring of 2017 and run through early 2018. If you are interested in taking part in the program, please fill out the application form.